What to do in Norfolk - holidays, fun things to do and places

 

Norfolk, the beautiful coastal county, includes such gems as Norwich (famous for its mustard), the Norfolk Broads, with their stunning waterways & nature reserves.  The east coast of Norfolk has wonderful sandy beaches, while the area around the Wash has dog friendly beaches for your woof to enjoy.  Heacham and Hunstanton have pleasant beaches, friendly shops and a Sealife Centre.  There are small farms, quaint market towns, little villages & beautiful countryside.

One of the things horse lovers may find of interest is the number of horse charities with centres in Norfolk.  You can visit these, and they are:

Redwings

Redwings cares for 1,200 horses, ponies, donkeys and mules every day. All its work is funded by donations.  Ultimately animals are either re-homed or they enjoy a home for life at Redwings. The charity has three possible places to visit in Norfolk

Their Caldecott Visitor Centre is near Great Yarmouth.  It's 70 acres is home to some very special rescued horses, ponies, donkeys and mules.  A Quality Assured Visitor Attraction, it's open during the summer season from March to October and has many residents to meet, from handsome heavy horse Prince to the notoriously naughty Denise!  Click here for visitor information

The Redwings HQ at Hapton in Norfolk homes the charity's specialist Horse Hospital, its re-homing centre, admin offices & 300+ acres of paddocks.  It's normally closed to the public, but you can visit a couple of weekends a year to see what goes on behind the scenes - click here for dates & more info 

Near Aylsham, Norfolk, Redwings has also purchased a site to take in rising numbers of horses, ponies & donkeys who have been given up for re-homing or abandoned. This centre will open at some stage during 2012 - please click here for more info

 

World Horse Welfare

World Horse Welfare has Half Farm at Snetterton, Norfolk, which can house 120 horses at any one time in stunning countryside.  There are things for the children to do and you can arrange a group visit. There are lots of lovely walkways to enjoy which are wheel/push chair friendly, plus a Pony Express tractor and trailor around the farm in exchange for a smalld onation. Dogs on leads are welcome  FInd out more here

Hillside Shire Horse Sanctuary

Head to West Runcton to enjoy five breeds of heavy horse, plus there's Farming Bygones museums.  There's an indoor area in case of wet weather, as well, plus children's play and activity areas.  Click here for more info 

Sea Life

There are two Sea Life centres in Norfolk:  one at Great Yarmouth on the east coast, where you can watch sharks swim for their food.  There are 3 nurse sharks at the centre, and they are in training, to keep them from getting bored and to make it easier if they need to see the vet.  There are also interactive rockpools, where you can get close up and personal with the creatures you'd find on the shoreline, dwarf African crocodiles, seahorses, penguins & rays.  Plan your visit & find out more here

There's also the Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary, Norfolk's leading marine rescue centre.  There's a seal hospital, otter and penguin sanctuaries, Curvier dwarf crocodiles (the staff had to have special training in how to handle them), Humbolt Penguins, otters, Black Tip Reef Sharks and interactive rockpools, where you can hold a crab, touch a starfish, learn about limpets. Click here to plan your visit